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Old 05-28-2011, 02:16 PM   #1
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Anyone have one of these strut bars?

Hi everyone,
came across this on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.ca/BMW-E46-320-323-3...item230d863203

does it make a difference it's only 2 point? good thing is this is a solid bar.

Any suggestions on a bar around the 100-120 budget?

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Old 05-28-2011, 02:28 PM   #2
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I dont like it, looks tacky and cheap.

Source a used OEM M3 bar if you're on a tight budget.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:08 PM   #3
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yeah it looks realy cheep, get the one from ecs tuning it not that much more
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:09 PM   #4
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never mind there not on sale anymore
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:11 PM   #5
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Find an M3 bar, or BMW performance one. They are actually engineered to work, not some guy making some metal slabs that connect the towers.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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this one is not adjustable, and it only uses 2 points on the strut tower to mount...
the seller is on the other side of the world. good luck on trying to get a refund or return...
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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If you're looking for a bar that will actually work and hold up get an OEM M3 one.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:46 PM   #8
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Hi everyone,
came across this on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.ca/BMW-E46-320-323-3...item230d863203

does it make a difference it's only 2 point? good thing is this is a solid bar.

Any suggestions on a bar around the 100-120 budget?

Thanks,
I'd stay away from this...if you have issues gl getting support.

For just a little bit more ($165 price range) you can get this carbon fiber strut bar from ECS tuning. Here is the link: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325...t_Bar/ES10997/

I went this route and am quite pleased with the ease of install and quality of the product.




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Old 05-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #9
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Are those ends white or silver? In any case they would look much better black.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:18 PM   #10
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Are those ends white or silver? In any case they would look much better black.
it comes in black as well. I have one of these bars; mine have the silver ends...My car is TiAg, though, so it works. Looks pretty good in the engine bay and it didn't destroy my wallet.
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Hi everyone,
came across this on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.ca/BMW-E46-320-323-3...item230d863203

does it make a difference it's only 2 point? good thing is this is a solid bar.

Any suggestions on a bar around the 100-120 budget?

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Are those ends white or silver? In any case they would look much better black.
Mine are silver. Blacks were not available at the time I put in my order so I went with these. They actually look better in person so to speak...
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:12 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies, I guess I will pass on this and find a used OEM bar.

The ECS one looks good too.
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:01 PM   #14
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My car had this one on it when I got it. It looks nice (not blue, silver brushed) but I cannot vouch for its performance enhancement since I've always used it. I probably wouldn't spend the money on it but since I've got it it's staying on!
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ECS Strut Bar

I have one, too.
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I'd use that
anything without hinges or connection points is good
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:11 PM   #17
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Find an M3 bar, or BMW performance one. They are actually engineered to work, not some guy making some metal slabs that connect the towers.
+1, if only they still made them, though

You can get one, but you might pay either a lot for it or have trouble finding a used one. I really really really want one, but I keep telling myself there are more things I literally need to do to my car than find one of these. Sooooo tempting!

Do strut bars actually make a noticeable difference in handling, or is it more a looks thing than anything? The BMW Performance bar really does look great.

If you can't find a Performance strut bar, get an M3 one. I can guarantee you that you can find a used one for relatively cheap by scouring some of the various M3 forums across the 'net.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:20 PM   #18
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i gots the bmw performance 1 and its sexy as fvck
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The CF is sold out, but was dead sexy. The only issue I found with mine was that it was in the way (and troublesome to remove) of doing maintenance on the car from time to time.

Check out this aluminum BMW perfomance one: https://www.trademotion.com/partloca...gid=4462&tab=1

Looks easy to remove, is BMW quality/design and isn't too bad on price.
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Haha, I think somebody on this forum actually bought one of those overseas and brought it back or something. I've seen pictures of them on this forum before.
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